Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Summer Reading

Middle East expert Juan Cole ( suggests this "very basic" reading list for those of us who want to understand the social and political dynamics in the Middle East from a progressive point of view.

Dodge, Toby. Inventing Iraq: The failure of nation-building and a history denied. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.

Gelvin, James. The modern Middle East: A history. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Gerges, Fawaz. The far enemy: Why Jihad went global. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Hourani, Albert. A history of the Arab peoples. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1991. General history of the Arab world from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present.

Keddie, Nikki. Modern Iran: Roots and Results of revolution. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2003. History of modern Iran with some early modern and nineteenth-century background, but good treatment of the twentieth century and the Islamic Republic.

Khalidi, Rashid. Palestinian identity: The construction of modern national consciousness. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

Khalidi, Rashid. Resurrecting Empire: Western footprints and America's perilous path in the Middle East. Boston : Beacon Press, 2004.

Kennedy, Hugh. When Baghdad Ruled the World. New York: Perseus Books, 2006. Explores the medieval history of Muslim-ruled Iraq and its civilizational glories.

Kepel, Gilles. Jihad: The trail of political Islam. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Marr, Phebe. The modern history of Iraq. 2nd ed. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2004.

McAlister, Melani. Epic encounters: Culture, media, and U.S. interests in the Middle East, 1945-2000 Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

Mottahedeh, Roy. The mantle of the Prophet: Religion and politics in Iran. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985.

Packer, George. The assassinsin's gate: America in Iraq. 1st ed. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.

Quataert, Donald. The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922. 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambrige University Press, 2005. Best recent social history of the greatest Middle Eastern empire and its early twentieth-century demise

Rosen, Nir. In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq. New York: Free Press, 2006.

Shadid, Anthony. Night draws near: Iraq's people in the shadow of America's war. New York: Henry Holt, 2005.

Shlaim, Avi. The iron wall: Israel and the Arab world. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000.

Smith, Charles. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict. 5th ed. Boston:Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004.

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